Editor, 

Last year, the San Mateo City Council voted to appoint Amourence Lee to the vacant position on the council, after Maureen Freschet retired. Mayor Diane Papan unified the council and our community with her brave choice, and I applaud her for her courage. That vote gave North Central representation on the City Council for the first time in many years.

San Mateo is a large, diverse city of more than 105,000 residents. This election gives us an opportunity to maintain diversity in the voices on our council. Councilwoman Lee is the first Asian American woman to serve on the council, but her history of service in her neighborhood association and as a city commissioner makes her a highly qualified and familiar choice.

Since her appointment, Amo has been a dedicated public servant and principled Democrat. She led the effort for San Mateo to be the first city in the county to direct relief funding to support child care providers in the form of $124K in rental assistance. In addition to endorsements from the San Mateo Daily Journal, Firefighters Association, Police Officers Association and Democratic Party, Amo has received formal endorsements from an amazing cohort of leaders including Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin, state Sen. Jerry Hill, Mayor Joe Goethals, President of SMFC-SD Board Noelia Corzo, County Supervisor Dave Pine, and dozens more.

These are all respected leaders who have worked with Amo and put thought and care into who best deserved their endorsement.

I have personally seen the dedication and leadership that Amo brings to the table and she has my vote. Please join me.

Mike Etheridge

San Mateo

The letter writer is a member of the San Mateo Planning Commission. Views his own.

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(22) comments

JustMike650

@Terence Y

One of the beautiful things about the news rack hard copy is that nobody is exposed to the false news, continued bias, and off the rails stalking behavior (of CC) committed by JustMikey, in addition to the dreck written by his TDS-infected band of mates.

Beautiful!

Equals plagiarism

Terence Y

Equals irony. Beautiful!

Dirk van Ulden

Taffy - as one of Trump's minions, may I remind you that Obama was all talk and no action. Four years later you are still adhering to the lie that all of Trump's achievements were the results of Obama's initiatives. He was a disaster and did not do squat for this country. Obama continues his hypocrisy by living lavishly in multi-million dollar estates. Pray tell me, where did he and his fellow crook Biden get their money on a government salary? Does that even bother you?

Tafhdyd

No where near as much as your orange idol is stealing taxpayer money to line his pockets by charging outrageous prices for the secret service to waste time watching him golf at his own properties. Oh I would like golf but I will be too busy running the government, yeah sure. Or the money foreign governments pay to his resorts without staying there to get favorable treatment from the US. Ever hear of emoluments or treason? That is not even mentioning his tax fraud actions or skimming campaign monies for his own use. BTW, different subject, did you get a flu shot yet or are you an anti-vaxer like your leader?

Terence Y

Poor Grandpa Taffy – I think Mr. van Ulden broke him. I wonder why Laffy Taffy is trying to push nothingburgers when brain-dead Biden and his son are compromised by BLM – Biden’s Laptop Matters. We now know Biden has been colluding with both Russia and China and Where’s Hunter didn’t fall far from the tree in regards to cringe-worthy behavior.

JustMike650

One of the beautiful things about Mike Etheridge's letter about Amo Lee was it was the ONLY Letter to the Editor in Monday's news rack hard copy.

None of the readers who walked down to the news rack had to read any of the false accusations about Amo and/or the continued bias, off the rails opinions of CC and his band of mates.

Beautiful!

Terence Y

One of the beautiful things about the news rack hard copy is that nobody is exposed to the false news, continued bias, and off the rails stalking behavior (of CC) committed by JustMikey, in addition to the dreck written by his TDS-infected band of mates.

Beautiful!

Lou

Ms. Lee and her philosophies and communistic/Marxist leadership ideas are heartbreaking. I have relatives who immigrated to America and were so proud to be Americans. They all made sure they spoke only English, built honest communities with our Constitution, Bill of Rights and ethics in mind. We all know stories of people living here now who fled communist countries and warn us that America now is very close to adopting what they fled.

Please, fellow residents, pay attention before it's too late with people like Ms. Lee bringing in the destruction of our cities and Nation....politically, socially, and ....of course, no room for our churches with communism. Pay attention to the wise comments of Chris Conway. And do NOT vote yes for Ms. Lee.

Tafhdyd

Lou,

You are right about the immigrants that came to our great America on both points. They believe in the Constitution, Bill of Rights and especially ethics. It is too bad that the Republican leadership doesn't believe in the Constitution or ethics.

As for those that warn us that America is close to being what they fled, your orange idol dictator wannabe, Trump, is doing his best to accomplish just that.

Terence Y

Watch out folks! Reads like Laffy Taffy Dave is starting early with his weak TDS attacks. I’m surprised Taffy isn’t regaling us with his nonsense Republicans turned into Democrats historical myth. Instead, maybe Taffy can tell us why brain-dead Biden has now referred to Trump as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington or George Bush. Unfortunately, Biden’s mental mistakes are not a myth. BTW, Taffy Dave, you may want to sit down and have 911 on speed dial and take any food out of your mouth. I now believe in BLM - Biden’s Laptop Matters.

Tafhdyd

Terence, I thought you could do better on a Monday morning. BTW, did you see your orange idol on 60 Minutes last night. He couldn't answer tough questions from a lady journalist so he pouts and leaves like the true petulant child he is. Of course he can't stand any woman that is smarter than he is, oh wait, that means just about every woman there is.

Terence Y

Grandpa Taffy, I keep thinking you could do better any day now, yet you let me down most of the time. You can’t defend your mentally unfit for office candidate so you keep bringing up nothingburgers. Why aren’t you defending Biden and his wife colluding to suppress Hunter’s actions with minors? Because you can’t. Go BLM – Biden’s Laptop Matters. There’s more to come on the corrupt Biden crime family. BTW, did you see Harris’ weak responses to her socialist agenda on 60 Minutes?

Tafhdyd

Terence,

Sorry about the delay but I got sidetracked the other day and didn't finish responding to your claim the because Trump signed the First Step Act he gets credit for it even though he had nothing to do with it. I guess you are going to claim the same thing for the Veterans Choice Act which Trumps raves about to give Vets the choice to go to other medical facilities when they live far from the Veterans hospitals.

Terence Y

Grandpa Taffy, it’s great that you’re now beginning to understand how government works. After all, we all know your great President Trump would be blamed if he didn’t sign these Acts. BTW, it’s okay to kneel down today and thank God for Trump and our new Supreme Court Justice. In a shout out to Lou, “I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free. God Bless Pres Trump and God Bless the USA where he continues the work for all.”

Tafhdyd

Terence,

I thought you would be easily fooled by your belief in alternative facts (aka lies) from your orange idol. The Veterans Choice Act was signed by our great President Obama on August 7, 2014. Trump signed the Veterans Mission Act which was an extension and expansion of the original VCA. Of course he claims credit for both and the minions that blindly follow him never bother to check the real facts (aka truth). I know it is hard to understand but I try to help when I can. Have a nice day.

Terence Y

Poor Grandpa Taffy - now playing name games because he doesn’t have any valid arguments. How sad! In reality, there's no such thing as the Veterans Choice Act. You choose to apply it to Obama’s Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 while I choose to apply it to your great President Trump’s Veterans Mission Act. Everyone knows Trump’s plan replaced, and greatly improved, Obama’s flawed bill. We couldn’t afford to have more veterans die under Obama’s bill and Trump offered actual choice to save lives. As usual, an Obama signed bill needed to be replaced or repealed, similar to what will likely occur with ObamaCare.

Christopher Conway

Mike, you are dead wrong. Nobody outside City Hall or North Central even knows who Ms. Lee is. Hard to believe you would be one of those advocating for someone who moved into North Central just a few years ago but still feels comfortable lecturing the rest of us about systemic racism in the city of San Mateo. She is nothing but a carpetbagger who is trying to sell racial inequality, social justice and Black Lives Matter. Replacing Maureen Freschet with Amourence Lee was a slap in the face to all in San Mateo who voted for Ms. Freschet by the left leaning city council members. I know that, you know that, City Hall knows that and public union representatives know that. The San Mateo City voter will be taking our vengeance out on Ms. Lee, the city council and Measure R. You have been in City Hall in one way or another for many years, she has very little support outside city hall, outside of public employees or those living outside North Central. She is a Marxist new to town yet wants to whine to the rest of us about her community and our history of racism. The revolution by the voters in San Mateo starts this year, #1 on the block is Ms. Lee, then we will systematically eliminate all those on the city council who do not listen to us and actually oppose us.

Tafhdyd

Christopher,

I see you still haven't found that mirror.

JustMike650

TF, CC sold all the mirrors.

JustMike650

" Oppose US", LOL lol LOL lol -----------> US

Terence Y

Could somebody please help rotate JustMikey 90 degrees? Reads like JustMikey’s rabbit ears aren’t receiving a strong signal from… the Morlocks? Pod people? The Twilight Zone? Or maybe we accidentally broke him like we did to Grandpa Taffy.

JustMike650

You do know this made no sense? Btw, nice avatar.

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